The next presidential elections in America will only be taking place in 2016 but already some key players appear to be lining up to take to the race.
One of the most well known names in politics, Jeb Bush, is reportedly scaling back is business commitments in a move that many see as indicative that he will be throwing his hat into the ring for the race to the White House next year.
There has been no official statement from Jeb Bush to say that he intends to run for the role of President but if he is cutting back on other commitments to his time it would appear that this is the intention of the brother of the former President George W Bush and the son of former President Bush senior.
According to the BBC, one of the Republican’s aides told the Washington Post that Jeb Bush had ended his board memberships and resigned as a paid adviser to an education company.
Mr Bush, brother of former US President George W Bush, last month announced he was “exploring” running for president.
If Jeb Bush choses to make a run for the White House then he may be coming up against another big name in politics, the former first lady Hillary Clinton.
There is no love lost between the Clinton political family and the Bush political dynasty as Mr Bush’s father, former President George HW Bush, was defeated by Mrs Clinton’s husband, Bill Clinton, in the 1992 election.
Although she is yet to declare her official intentions to try to run for president again it is widely believed that the former US Secretary of State, Mrs Clinton will be the Democratic frontrunner and if she wins she will become the first women in history to hold the top job in American politics.
According to the BBC, Jeb Bush’s spokeswoman Kristy Campbell told the Post his decision to shed a large number of his business commitments, effective from New Year’s Day, meant he could focus on a “potential” run for president.
The Post reported that Mr Bush has even stepped down from the board of his education foundation and that he has also recently terminated a consulting deal with Barclays, the British investment bank, that reportedly paid him more than $1m a year.
When he announced he was thinking about a presidential run, he said he would set up a political action committee in January to gauge support among donors and supporters.